Wednesday 10 August 2022 - 10:19

US to Provide $89 Million more Aid to Ukraine

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US to Provide $89 Million more Aid to Ukraine
The US State Department announced on Tuesday the funding will help establish 100 teams that can defuse and dispose of unexploded ordnances that cover an area of 160,000 square kilometers (nearly 62,000 square miles), roughly the size of Virginia, Maryland, and Connecticut combined.

“Russia’s unlawful and unprovoked further invasion of Ukraine has littered massive swaths of the country with landmines, unexploded ordnance, and improvised explosive devices,” the State Department claimed in a statement.

The demining aid package follows an announcement on Monday that the US is providing $1 billion in military equipment to Ukraine, as well as $4.5 billion in economic assistance.

The $1 billion arms package announced by the Pentagon last week will reportedly include ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), and National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) as well as some 50 M113 armored medical vehicles.

The $4.5 billion budgetary grant will provide Kiev with the financial resources needed to cover payments for pensions, social welfare and healthcare costs.

"The United States has now committed approximately 9.8 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden administration," Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Colin Kahl tells reporters at a briefing at the Pentagon.

The $89 million in funding will also support a “large-scale train and equip project” to demine and dispose of explosive ordinances that are in civilian areas.

Since the onset of Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine on February 24, the United States and its European allies have been sending a flood of advanced weapons into Ukraine to help its military fend off Russian forces.